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2:35 PM ET, March 1, 2013


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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
House Republicans Cheer Boehner's Refusal to Negotiate on Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner, the man who spent significant portions of the last Congress shuttling to and from the White House for fiscal talks with President Obama that ultimately failed twice to produce a grand bargain …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Liberals See A Trap After The Sequester  —  What really scares progressives isn't the automatic spending cuts; it's the grand compromise that may replace them.  “Entitlements may get ensnared when we go to an alternate fix,” says Rep. Nadler.  —  Image by AP
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Sequestration deal may take months  —  The sequester may be here to stay.  —  President Barack Obama signaled Friday that he would not force a government shutdown in late March as a leverage point for resolving the standoff with Republicans.  —  That means Obama's strategy for turning off $85 billion …
David Weigel / Slate:
Why the Republican Party's sequestration strategy only makes Obama stronger.
First Read:
First Thoughts: Sequester Day caps off an absurd week
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
A Cheer or Two for Sequestration  —  From left, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, and House Speaker John Boehner speak at a news conference on Tuesday in Washington.  —  A lot of liberals I read are very hot to trot with the idea that Congress should just repeal sequestration tout court.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Obama: Marriage Equality Should Be The Law Of The Land  —  President Obama said on Friday that he would vote to legalize same-sex marriage in the entire nation, were he one of the Supreme Court justices considering the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
U.S. endorses limited gay marriage right
New York Times:
The White House Joins the Fight
Harvard News:
If you might want to insult Harvard down the line, go elsewhere  —  If you think Harvard is a revolutionary communist hotbed, don't apply.  If you think Harvard is full of “pinheaded” professors, don't enroll.  And if you think Harvard pollutes the minds of its students …
Akilah Johnson / Boston Globe:
Massachusetts official challenges Chief Justice Roberts' claim about voting  —  Galvin rebukes nation's top judge  —  Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. certainly sounded authoritative when he made a striking, though unflattering, declaration about Massachusetts …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and First Read
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
212 Members Of Congress Ask Court To Strike Down DOMA  —  “DOMA imposes a sweeping and unjustifiable federal disability on married same-sex couples,” the Democratic members of Congress write.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, left, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Discussion: Equality On Trial and Good As You
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Sequester begins, with no end in sight for across-the-board cuts
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, The Week and CNN
Deadline day: The latest on the forced spending cuts
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, The Hill and Politico
Fox News:
Romney likens 2012 race to ‘roller coaster,’ in exclusive ‘Fox News Sunday’ interview  —  Mitt Romney, in an exclusive interview with “Fox News Sunday,” said the end of the 2012 presidential race was like getting off a roller coaster.  —  “We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling, ups and downs.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Slams Obama Over Sequestration (VIDEO)
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Covert Malaysian Campaign Touched A Wide Range Of American Media  —  Outlets from Huffington Post to National Review carried pieces financed by the Malaysian government.  An international campaign against Anwar Ibrahim.  —  Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) talks …
Bruce Henderson / The Charlotte Observer:
Duke Energy won't be repaid $10 million from DNC  —  Duke Energy won't be repaid the $10 million line of credit it guaranteed for Charlotte to host last year's Democratic National Convention, the company confirmed Thursday.  —  As the credit line came due, Duke made official what it had signaled …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Ben Bernanke, Hippie  —  We're just a few weeks away from a milestone I suspect most of Washington would like to forget: the start of the Iraq war.  What I remember from that time is the utter impenetrability of the elite prowar consensus.  If you tried to point out that the Bush administration …
Discussion: Vox Popoli, and The Plum Line
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Press corps to Woodward: Really?  —  Bob Woodward has suggested that the White House threatened him.  Many of his colleagues in the press corps aren't buying it.  —  By the standards of this White House, a statement like the one senior White House official Gene Sperling wrote to Woodward last week …
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
An Economic Tragedy That Everyone Saw Coming Is Now Unfolding In Europe...  The European economy has been a trainwreck for a long time, but there have been varying stages of it.  —  From 2007 through 2010 or so, the European economy basically went through the same trajectory as the US.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Hullabaloo
Horsemeat scandal: Four new products test positive  —  Nearly 2,000 tests for horsemeat have been carried out by British retailers  —  Four beef products sold by Bird's Eye, Taco Bell and catering supplier Brakes have been found to contain horse DNA, the Food Standards Agency says.
Harlem shake reaches new heights; FAA not amused  —  Washington (CNN) — It's the dance sensation that's sweeping above the nation — at 30,000 feet.  —  The Harlem shake has gone aloft, breaking out on commercial airline flights, and appearing in dozens of YouTube videos.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Darren A. Nichols /
Gov. Snyder: Emergency manager is best option for Detroit  —  Detroit — Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday declared Detroit's financial problems too deep for the city to fix on its own and said he believes an emergency manager is the best way to reverse the downward spiral.
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Lawmaker Makes Lewd Remark to Teenage Girl  —  Connecticut state Rep. Ernest Hewett (D) made an inappropriate remark to a 17 year old girl testifying about a program that helped her overcome her shyness and get over her fear of snakes, the New London Day reports.
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Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Chinese TV Special on Executions Stirs Debate
Discussion: Althouse
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Why Do These People Like Congress? Somebody's Got to
Discussion: Guardian and Taegan Goddard's …
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
FCC To Investigate Cell Phone Unlocking Ban
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Mayor Bloomberg: Don't Panic About the Sequester
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Chelsea J. Carter / CNN:
Judge orders Fort Hood shooter to stand trial in 3 months
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Irked lawmakers say Kerry left them in the dark on Syria aid
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Hot Air
Darlene Superville / Talking Points Memo:
Michelle Obama Not Surprised By Reaction To Oscars Appearance
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Many Steps to Be Taken When ‘Sequester’ Is Law
Discussion: TalkLeft
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Hail Armageddon  —  “The worst-case scenario for us,” …